Discover your inner musician at library

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Photo Provided Learn all about playing the ukulele with Noodle McDoodle at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Three years ago, I gave my husband a ukulele for Christmas. We were both aware of the music of Jake Shimabukuro, whose ukulele playing is nothing short of amazing. Also, my husband’s family had long been fans of George Formby, a British entertainer from the 1930s and ’40s who was a ukulele and banjolele player extraordinaire.

I thought my husband’s new uke might bring him a bit of fun a couple of times a week – he could learn a few chords, strum a few bars, maybe even play a song or two. Instead of a “bit of fun,” he has become somewhat obsessed (our teenage daughter’s word) and plays every day. He’s not quite up to Jake’s or Formby’s level of playing, but I’m proud of what he has accomplished and I enjoy hearing him play; sometimes it’s late at night as I’m drifting off to sleep.

Oh, and the original uke I gave him? Last year he decided he had advanced enough to warrant the purchase of a much better ukulele. Already this year, he has bought yet another uke. And he uses all three of them at different times. (Maybe obsession is not too strong a word?)

My husband is not alone in loving the ukulele. They have become extremely popular. Go to YouTube and search for ukulele, and you get about 438,000 results. (Granted, a search for guitar yields nearly 2 million results, but still) You’ll see people of all ages playing ukuleles and loving it.

If you have recently obtained a ukulele and need a little help in starting to play, the Mount Pleasant Library has just the thing.

On Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to noon, local ukulele enthusiast Noodle McDoodle (aka Donald Whitley) will present “I Got a Ukulele for Christmas: Now What Do I Do?” He’ll give a brief history of the ukulele and will get you started playing with some simple songs and strums. You may be familiar with Noodle from his group the V-Tones, a well-known part of the Charleston music scene.

Everyone is welcome, young or old, and even if you don’t have a ukulele and just want to listen. It’s sure to be a fun hour.

Upcoming programs

Music, Movies and TV Online (adults)

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.

Reference librarian Rick Pelletier will teach you how to bring entertainment into the 21st century, covering websites such as Hulu, Netflix and IMDB. You’ll also discover how iTunes, Amazon, Freegal and Redbox work.

Blind Date with a Book (grades 6-12)

Feb. 1-28

Throughout February teens can have a blind date with a book. Simply visit the young adult area and select one of the blind date bags. Inside you will find a book and a survey. Will you find literary love? Find out this month at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library.

PLAY: DIY Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)

Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Being crafty and creative is easier than you think with Ms. Grace’s help.

Mt. Pleasant Reel Club (adults)

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.

Read the book, come watch the movie with us, and then participate in a lively discussion.

Book: “Brokeback Mountain” (short story) by Annie Proulx

Movie: “Brokeback Mountain” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger (rated R, 134 minutes)

Building a Budget: South Carolina Credit Union Financial Seminar (teens and adults)

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6 – 7 p.m.

A budget is the most powerful tool available for establishing financial control. Attendees will learn how to design realistic spending plans to live within their means and savings plans to reach their goals. Within that framework, learn different options for getting out of debt, staying out of debt and maintaining motivation. Register at https://www.scfederal.org/Home/Plan-Learn/Financial-Seminars/Workshop-Calendar.

Babygarten (birth through 19 months with adult)

Call 849-6161 to register – space is limited

Wednesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m.

Time for Twos Storytime (24 months to 3 years with adult)

Tuesdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6 years)

Thursdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 11:30 a.m.

(Susan Frohnsdorff is the assistant branch manager/reference services manager at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road (849-6161; frohnsdorffs@ccpl.org). You can be as amazed as she was by watching Jake Shimabukuro play George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on YouTube.)

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